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									“Parents Make the Difference”

      Parent / Community Involvement Kit

               Working together we will




                         our students.

                  Bethel Middle School

                     Principal: Mr. Todd Sellers

                        Assistant Principals:
                        Ms. Glenda Reynolds
                         Mrs. Renee Curtis

    Parent / Community Involvement Coordinator: Ms. Jamie Sheffield

                5415 Northlake Rd., Alexander, AR 72002
                             (501) 316-0937
                            1-866-707-5600
                          Fax: (501) 316-0338
                         Parent / Community Involvement Kit
                                 Bethel Middle School


Table of Contents:

      Bethel Middle School Parent / Community Involvement Plan ……………….            3-5

      Communication:
            Roles defined for Stakeholders …………………………………………                        6-7
            Tips for Parents of Middle Schoolers .…………………………………                    8-11
            101 Ways for Parents to be Involved with Their Child’s Education …..   12-13
            Online Parenting Resources – Website listings ………………………...             14
            Parenting Resources from the BeMS Media Center ……………………..              14

      School Clubs and Events:
              Listing of Clubs/Organizations for BMS ……………………………….                 15
              Parent Open House for teams & grades ………………………………..                  16
              Parent-Teacher Conferences ……………………………………………                         16
              Career Action Plan (CAP) Meetings ……………………………………                     16
              Bryant School District Calendar ………………………………………..                    17
              Detachable Survey for Parent / Community Involvement ……………..         18




                            Bethel Middle School Mission

  The mission of Bethel Middle School is to aggressively motivate,
   challenge, and educate students in their transitional years by
      providing opportunities to experience success socially,
  emotionally, physically, and intellectually – all of which will be
                monitored and assessed accordingly.
                                    Bethel Middle School
                           Parent / Community Involvement Plan

Purpose
Parents and community leaders play a crucial role in the success of our children’s education, and Bethel Middle
School would like to encourage parents/community members to be full partners in the education of our children.
To help accomplish this goal, the school has developed a parental involvement plan in compliance with Act 603
of 2003, Act 307 of 2007, and No Child Left Behind Act according the guidelines from the Arkansas
Department of Education. We believe that student achievement will increase as a result of improved
communication among all stakeholders.
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Communication
In order to establish an effective parental/community involvement plan it is essential that communication
between parents, schools, educators, and community members be frequent, clear and two-way. When we work
as a team we help to strengthen schools, families, communities, and learning. Bethel Middle School will strive
to strengthen communication through various methods as listed:
     Maintain school website (Pinnacle)
     Parent Link (on Bryant Website)
     School handbook
     Shadowing Program
     Bethel Middle School PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization)
     New Student Orientation
     Parent Open House
     Quarterly and Interim Progress Reports
     CAP Conferences (Career Action Plan)
     Parent/Teacher Conference
     Email
     Phone Calls

The school will continue to communicate with parents through notices sent home, the local papers and media,
and through parent/teacher conferences. In addition to Family Nights, the school will host a “Parents Make A
Difference” evening. Parents may also contact the school using the following district phone number, 1-866-
707-5600. The district established this number so that parents would not have to make a long distance call in
order to contact the school.

Parenting
In an effort to provide parents with essential tools to help with child-rearing, counselors are available to help
parents with child-rearing skills, understanding child and adolescent development and setting home conditions
that support children as students at each age and grade level.

      Bryant School District Parent Center- Coordinator: Tabetha Matthews 501-653-5083
      School Website – Tips for Parents & Counselor’s page
      Parenting internet links
      BEMS Media Center available for Parent


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Student Learning
Bethel Middle School invites parents and community leaders to be involved in learning activities for children,
including homework and other curriculum-linked activities and decisions.
     Guest Readers
     Career Day programs
     Field trips
     Special class projects
     Tutoring for Benchmark
     Special programs (drama, choir, band, chess club, etc.)
     Guest speakers to share areas of expertise

Volunteering
Volunteering is an integral part of a good parental/community involvement plan and an asset to our school.
Parents and community leaders are encouraged to take an active role in school activities. The following are
suggested ways in which parents and community leaders can help improve the learning process of our students:
    Guest Speakers
    Guest Readers
    Chaperone Field trips
    Engage in special class projects
    Shelve books in Media Center
    Help during Book Fair
    Help with club and team fundraisers
    Science Fair
    Spelling Bee
    Geography Bee
    Open House preparations
    New Student Orientation
    Registration
    Club programs
    Attend special class presentations and view student projects
    Assist with teacher copy needs
    Special Olympics Coaches
    Picture Day

All volunteers are requested to sign in at the front office and receive a “Volunteer/Visitor” Pass. By doing this
we will have a record of who volunteered, for whom, when and what was the purpose. We need to keep a
record of this information because all volunteers will be recognized at the end of the school year. A volunteer’s
time and efforts are important to our students and appreciated by all stakeholders involved in the learning
process of our children, therefore, we want to recognize those who take time out of their busy lives to make a
difference in the lives of our future leaders.

Please complete and return the Parent Survey on page 18 to help us to match your interests.




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School Decision Making
In order to include families/community members as advisors in school decisions, Bethel Middle School
encourages parents/community leaders to participate in the following forums, with the understanding that the
principal is accountable for the operation of the school and has the final responsibility for all decisions made at
the site.
     Handbook Revision Committee (each spring)
     School / district ACSIP committees
     Various Parental Organizations

Collaboration with the Community
Bethel Middle School strives to collaborate with community leaders and businesses in order to coordinate
resources and services for the school, students, families, agencies, and other groups.
     Chamber Education Committee
     School / Club fundraisers
     Guest Speakers
     Guest Readers
     Special classroom project needs
     Special school project needs
     Student / family needs (coordinated with school counselors)
     Special Student rewards donated through area businesses.


Bethel Middle School has an “open-door” policy in which we invite families and community members to be a
part of the activities in which our students participate. This Parent /Community Involvement Plan is designed to
strengthen participation and to help it grow. We welcome any suggestions that will make our plan complete
and in compliance with the purpose of Act 603 and the ADE guidelines.

Please contact Mr. Todd Sellers, BEMS Principal, or Ms. Jamie Sheffield, BEMS Parent Coordinator,
at 316-0937, if you have any questions regarding this document.




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                         Roles for Stakeholders in Education

It is important to define the roles of each stakeholder involved in the education of adolescents. The following
are suggested goals that each stakeholder can strive to work towards in the education process.



Parents / Guardians:

          Believe that my child can learn
          Help my child get to school on time and attend regularly
          Volunteer at school and/or provide other support to teachers
          Encourage my child to participate in at least one extracurricular activity
          Keep track of my child’s progress through communication with teachers
          Attend conferences, visit my child’s classroom, and attend Open House and Family nights
          Take time each day to talk to my child about his/her school day
          Try to do something special when my child achieves in school
          Provide a quiet place and set aside a specific time for homework
          Be available to assist with school work
          Sign and return all papers that require a parent’s or guardian’s signature
          Help my child resolve conflicts in positive, nonviolent ways
          Respect cultural, racial, ethnic and individual differences




School Personnel:

          Believe that each child can learn
          Provide quality teaching and leadership
          Inform all parents and students about class activities, assignments, events, and achievement levels of
           students, in a timely, efficient manner
          Make my classroom welcoming to parents
          Check that homework has been completed
          Respect cultural, racial, ethnic, and individual differences
          Hold at least two parent-teacher conferences and offer flexible scheduling
          Provide activities that account for different learning styles
          Have high expectations for myself, my students, and other staff
          Seek ways to involve parents in the school program
          Maintain open lines of communication with students and parents




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Students:

           Believe that I can learn and do my best
           Ask the teacher relevant questions
           Take home materials and information needed to complete homework in a thorough, legible, and
            timely manner
           Obey classroom rules
           Discuss with my parents what I am learning in school and ask for assistance
           Respect the cultural, racial, ethnic, and individual differences of other students, their families, and
            staff
           Resolve conflicts peacefully
           Arrive to class on time and attend regularly
           Respect all school property and other individual’s personal property


Community Leaders:

           Support the philosophy that all children can learn
           Provide opportunities for employees to share their areas of expertise with local schools
           Seek ways to become involved in special school projects
           Maintain open lines of communication with local schools and community members concerning the
            education process and how area businesses and community leaders can become directly involved




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            Tips for Parents of Middle Schoolers

Organization: Advice for Parents
Developing good organizational skills is a key ingredient for success in school and in life. Although some people by
nature are more organized than others, anyone can put routines and systems in place to help a child "get it together."
Here's a list of strategies that you can use to help your child get -- and keep -- his life under control.
    1. Use checklists.
        Help your child get into the habit of keeping a "to-do" list. Use checklists to post assignments, household
        chores, and reminders about what materials to bring to class. Your child should keep a small pad or notebook
        dedicated to listing homework assignments. Crossing completed items off the list will give him a sense of
        accomplishment.
    2. Organize homework assignments.
        Before beginning a homework session, encourage your child to number assignments in the order in which
        they should be done. She should start with one that's not too long or difficult, but avoid saving the longest or
        hardest assignments for last.
    3. Designate a study space.
        Your child should study in the same place every night. This doesn't have to be a bedroom, but it should be a
        quiet place with few distractions. All school supplies and materials should be nearby. If your young child wants
        to study with you nearby, too, you'll be better able to monitor his progress and encourage good study habits.
    4. Set a designated study time.
        Your child should know that a certain time every day is reserved for studying and doing homework. The best
        time is usually not right after school -- most children benefit from time to unwind first. Include your child in
        making this decision. Even if she doesn't have homework, the reserved time should be used to review the
        day's lessons, read for pleasure, or work on an upcoming project.
    5. Keep organized notebooks.
        Help your child keep track of papers by organizing them in a binder or notebook. This will help him review the
        material for each day's classes and to organize the material later to prepare for tests and quizzes. Use
        dividers to separate class notes, or color-code notebooks. Separate "to do" and "done" folders help organize
        worksheets, notices, and items to be signed by parents, as well as provide a central place to store completed
        assignments.
    6. Conduct a weekly clean-up.
        Encourage your child to sort through book bags and notebooks on a weekly basis. Old tests and papers
        should be organized and kept in a separate file at home.
    7. Create a household schedule.
        Try to establish and stick to a regular dinnertime and a regular bedtime. This will help your child fall into a
        pattern at home. Children with a regular bedtime go to school well-rested. Try to limit television-watching and
        computer play to specific periods of time during the day.
    8. Keep a master calendar.
        Keep a large, wall-sized calendar for the household that lists the family's commitments, schedules for
        extracurricular activities, days off from school, and major events at home and at school. Note dates when your
        child has big exams or due dates for projects. This will help family members keep track of each other's
        activities and avoid scheduling conflicts.
    9. Prepare for the day ahead.
        Before your child goes to bed, he should pack schoolwork and books in a book bag. The next day's clothes
        should be laid out with shoes, socks, and accessories. This will cut down on morning confusion and allow your
        child to prepare quickly for the day ahead.
    10. Provide needed support while your child is learning to become more organized.
        Help your child develop organizational skills by photocopying checklists and schedules and taping them to the
        refrigerator. Gently remind her about filling in calendar dates and keeping papers and materials organized.
        Most important, set a good example.

Adapted from "Tips for Developing Organizational Skills in Children" by the Coordinated Campaign for Learning
Disabilities (CCLD). Call 1-888-478-6463 for important resources and information about learning disabilities.




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Report Cards: Advice for Parents
A child's report card can bring feelings of joy, excitement, and pride; it can also cause concern, frustration, and
uncertainty. In either case, the reporting period marks a new beginning to set goals and reflect on past work habits,
achievements, and hardships. Most important, it is a time for you to communicate with your children and determine a
path for future academic enrichment and social-emotional growth.
Focus on the Positive
Regardless of the grades your child brings home, you must first focus on positive aspects of the report. This is not
always an easy task. For some, this might mean highlighting a strong effort or citizenship grade, or praising an
academic accomplishment or a perfect attendance record. Starting on a positive note shows your child that you truly
care about the accomplishments, not only areas that need improvement.
Ask the Right Questions
Be careful not to overreact to low grades, or grades you view to be unsatisfactory. Instead, use this time to look at
past performance and plan for the future. Talk to your child, asking questions to understand how a particular grade
was earned:
      Was the work too difficult?
      Could the pace of the class be inappropriate (too fast, so that your child feels "lost," or too slow, causing your
          child to feel "bored")?
      Does your child complete all homework and ask questions when problems arise?
The answers you receive might indicate a need to review your child's study habits. Determine whether or not your
child is recording all assignments and bringing home all materials necessary to complete them. Does your child have
a specific nightly homework time (Sunday through Thursday) when he cannot be disturbed? If not, this would be a
great time to establish one! If so, is it long enough? Does your child have a specific place to study where resources
(including someone to answer questions) are available and distractions are minimized? Is your child completing all
homework on a nightly basis, or are assignments being turned in late, or not at all? Once you have determined the
problem, you can begin to create a solution.
The Next Step
Creating a plan to maximize future academic success is an important part of every child's education. Help your child
set realistic and attainable goals for the next reporting period. Outline ways in which these goals can be met, as well
as rewards and consequences if they are not. Type the "official plan" and post one copy in a prominent household
location, another in your child's binder, and forward another to her teacher. Involving your child gives her ownership
and importance in this process, and this makes the report card important not only to you, but also to your child.
As parents and teachers, we want the best for children, but in too many cases this is measured only by the number of
A's and B's brought home. Emphasize to your child the importance of doing the very best job that he can. Encourage
him to succeed, and measure his progress in realistic terms, letting him know that you care and are available to help.
Break tasks into small steps, so that even the youngest child can measure her growth, and the most advanced child
can monitor her progress. By reviewing the report card, and developing a plan for the future, you will help your child
find the road to success.


When Report Cards Don't Make the Grade: Advice for Parents
Does your child hide out at the neighbor's house when it's report card time? Before you go looking for her, read these five
tips for dealing with the less-than-perfect report card.
     1. Don't lose your cool: Though many people see report cards as motivating, they can also be demoralizing. "They
          can sap a child of his confidence," says Dr. Kenneth Shore, school psychologist and author of the Parent's Public
          School Handbook. "The report card is not a measure of your child's worth or of your parenting skills." But grades
          can have an impact on a child's future. Make this point constructively.
     2. Accentuate the positive: Point out what your child is doing well, whether it's an academic subject or an
          extracurricular activity. "Children need to know where they show motivation because they may not be aware of
          their strengths," says Dorothy Rich, president of the Home and School Institute. If your child does poorly in math,
          but enjoys figuring out basketball players' free-throw averages, make the connection for him.
     3. Look behind the grade: The report card only indicates that there is a problem. Compare your child's papers over
          the year to see his progress. Discuss whether he's involved in too many extracurricular activities. "Kids need time
          to get their work done," says Rich. If your child is trying her hardest and still not understanding the material,
          contact the teacher immediately.
     4. Set goals for improvement: Goals help us get motivated, but be realistic. If a child is getting all C's on his report
          card now, expecting all A's the next time may be an unrealistic goal.
Contact the teacher: "If a parent has any questions at all, the first thing he or she should do is call the teacher for
clarification - not the guidance counselor or the vice principal," says Martie Fiske, a White House Distinguished Teacher.
"A parent's first question should be: 'What's going on?'"
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Homework: Setting the Stage
Children who are involved in regular routines at home tend to do better in school.
Families can help children organize their daily work and manage their time. Use this
routine to guide families in helping their children with homework.
   Establish a Time to Do Homework
                Encourage families to establish with their children a regular time to do homework. Consistency is
                important.
   Create a Place to Do Homework
                Tell families to find a comfortable, quiet, and well-lighted place in their home for their children to do
                homework. The place should include supplies such as books, magazines, a dictionary, paper, markers,
                and pencils.
   Gather Resources
                Suggest that families help their children gather resources needed for assignments.
                Parents can: 1) help determine and gather materials needed for a project, 2) suggest or contact people
                for an assignment such as an interview or a poll.
   Encourage a School-Home Dialogue
                Involve families in evaluating how their children are succeeding with homework. Encourage an ongoing
                dialogue so that families are comfortable communicating any difficulties their children are having.




Using the Library
Families can use their local library to help children become enthusiastic and skilled lifelong readers. Use this
routine to guide families in establishing a habit of visiting the library with their children.
1. Make Regular Visits
   Encourage families to take their children to the library to get their own library card. Advise families to show children
   that reading is important—and fun.
             Make a library visit a permanent part of the weekly schedule.
             Check out their own books to read as well as books to read aloud and share.
             Take care of books and return them on time.
2. Learn About the Library
  Suggest that families take a tour of the children’s section of the library with the children’s librarian.
  Point out: sections where storybooks, nonfiction, magazines, and tapes are shelved; computers that can help children
             find books; the organization of the fiction section, where storybooks are put in order of the alphabet by
             author.
3. Choose Books with Your Child
   Families can help their children discriminate when they choose a book to read.
   They can: talk about children’s interests and help them locate books on sports, science, or other topics; guide children
             toward books that they can read independently; help them choose new books as well as old favorites;
             remind children about favorite authors or stories so they can find related works; encourage children to
             stretch their abilities by sometimes choosing a book a little above their reading level.
4. Participate in Library Events
   Families can find out about the library’s many events by checking the local newspaper and the library’s bulletin
   board and by getting on the library mailing list.


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Daily Literacy Routines
Children acquire vocabulary, language skills, and knowledge about the world when they have opportunities to
engage in interesting conversations with adults. These conversations will later help children with their reading.
Use this routine to guide families in what they can do every day to develop young readers.
1. Talk About Everyday Routines
    Suggest that families use everyday routines as an opportunity to talk with their children.
            When children are eating breakfast or getting ready for bed, talk about what they’re doing.
            When children are playing, join in the game.
            When children are watching television, talk about the program.
            At the supermarket or the post office, talk about what you’re buying and why.
2. Share Family Stories
    Encourage families to share their own experiences. Children like hearing stories about
    when their parents were young. This will prompt children to talk about their own
    experiences.
3. Read and Talk About Books
               Read a book to children and talk about something in the book that connects to their lives.
               Allow children to turn the pages, stop to ask questions, and ask to hear or read it again.
               Encourage children to read to you.
4. Discuss the News
    Recommend that parents spend a few minutes every day talking about something in the
    news. This will help expand their children’s view of the world.

School-Home Routines
Reading at Home
Family members who read to and with children foster their children’s literacy by
increasing understanding of stories, enhancing oral language, and building vocabulary.
Use the following routine to guide families in reading with their children.
1. Create a Special Reading Area
   Talk with families about finding or creating a place in their home that is a comfortable, quiet spot for reading.
2. Collect Books
   Suggest that families gather books, newspapers, and magazines and place them on a table or
   bookshelf in their special reading place.
3. Schedule a Quiet Reading Time
   Encourage parents to set aside time every day for reading. Even small amounts of time reading
   together are worthwhile. Sharing a book for ten or fifteen minutes goes a long way to promoting a love
   of reading.
4. Talk About What You Read
   Suggest that family members look for opportunities to talk with their children about books and other
   print material and share what they are reading.
5. Reread Favorite Books
   Tell adults to expect their children to have favorite books and to say, “Read it again.” Children love to
   hear books with rhyme, rhythm, and repetition read to them over and over again.
6. Read Books That Last for Days
  Children enjoy continuous stories, and they are eager for the next installment. Encourage adults to read chapter books
  to their children.
7. Tips for Reading with Children
   Send home a list of possible ways that families and children can read together.
           Read aloud to your child.
           Have your child chime in on repeated phrases or sentences.
           Read alternate pages of a book.
           Read silently side by side.


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100 Ways
for Parents to Be Involved in Their
Child’s Education
Based on the National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs

1. Give positive feedback and show appreciation for teachers and the principal.
2. Approach interactions with a positive attitude and an open mind.
3. Listen to others’ viewpoints.
4. Share your child’s strengths, talents, and interests with your child’s teachers.
5. Share expectations and set goals together for your child.
6. Make appointments as needed to discuss your child’s progress or concerns.
7. Attend parent-teacher conferences with specific questions you want to ask.
8. Indicate the best way to give you information (phone, e-mail, notes, etc.).
9. Understand and reinforce school rules and expectations at home.
10. Participate in informal opportunities to talk with and get to know school staff and educators.
11. Address concerns or questions honestly, openly, and early on.
12. Attend PTA or parent meetings regularly.
13. Read classroom and/or school newsletters.
14. Visit your school’s web page.
15. Know school staff ’s extensions and office hours.
16. Read and know your school’s handbook.
17. Request that information be available in all relevant languages.
18. Share your family’s culture, values, and parenting practices with your child’s school.
19. Share your perceptions with educators and school staff of how parents are treated.
20. Work with school staff and educators to revise and improve perceptions and school climate.
21. Meet your child’s friends and get to know their parents.
22. Contact your school for information on family programs and resources.
23. Help establish a parent center at school and use its resources.
24. Help create a toy/book lending library and visit it regularly.
25. Assist in developing parent support programs/groups and attend them.
26. Attend workshops or seminars on various parenting topics.
27. Participate in parenting classes on child development, expectations, discipline, etc.
28. Attend parent fairs and other events especially for parents and families.
29. Start a parent book club to discuss current publications.
30. Help create and/or contribute to a school newsletter on parenting.
31. Assist in creating and/or offer your services to before- and after-school programs.
32. Build a child file with medical records, pictures, fingerprints, etc.
33. Make donations and/or offer to work at clothing drives or swaps, food co-ops, etc.
34. Ask teachers or counselors about how to talk with your children about tough topics.
35. Discuss your child’s school day and homework daily.
36. Learn your child’s strengths and weaknesses in different areas of school.
37. Provide a quiet, well-lighted place with basic school supplies for studying/homework.
38. Help your children break down projects into smaller, more manageable steps.
39. Develop a consistent daily routine and time for studying and homework.
40. Provide encouragement and approval for effort and schoolwork.
41. Share your interests, hobbies, and talents with your children.
42. Provide children with books, magazines, and so forth, and develop a nighttime reading routine.
43. View selected TV programs together and then review and discuss them.
44. Make family trips to the library, zoo, museum, or park a fun learning experience.
45. Talk with your child’s teacher on creating home learning games and activities.


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46. Complete interactive homework assignments with your child.
47. Attend meetings on learning expectations, assessment, and grading procedures.
48. Help set goals and develop a personalized education plan for your child.
49. Participate in activities that help you understand school technology.
50. Help plan and attend family nights on improving study habits, doing homework, etc.
51. Help develop, visit, or offer services to your school’s study/tutor center.
52. Participate in fairs and fests for math, science, history, and so forth.
53. Respond to school surveys on your interests, talents, and skills.
54. Let school staff know your availability to volunteer (days, times, and how often).
55. Supervise and coordinate evening and weekend volunteer activities at school.
56. Assist your child’s teacher in the classroom or on field trips when you are able.
57. Work with school staff and teachers to develop volunteer activities you can do from home.
58. Assist school staff and educators in creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for parents.
59. Help provide child care and/or transportation for volunteering parents.
60. Help develop creative ways to use volunteers at school.
61. Actively help school staff recruit parents and community members as volunteers.
62. Attend training and orientation on how to be an effective volunteer.
63. Learn and uphold school discipline, confidentiality, and other policies as a volunteer.
64. Plan a regular time each week to talk with school staff and educators with whom you are working.
65. Help develop volunteer job descriptions and evaluations.
66. Participate in organizing and planning ways to recognize and appreciate volunteers.
67. Respond to school surveys/questionnaires on how effective volunteer programs are.
68. Help develop and distribute a volunteer directory to parents, school staff, and teachers.
69. Provide volunteer consulting services to school staff or educators in your areas of expertise.
70. Learn of school and district policies and practices that affect children.
71. Voice your support or concerns on any issue that will affect your family.
72. Be involved in decisions on student placement and course and textbook selections.
73. Participate in meetings to determine special educational needs and services.
74. Attend workshops on problem solving, conflict resolution, public speaking, and so forth.
75. Serve on school advisory councils or committees on curriculum, discipline, and so forth.
76. Serve on a site-based school management team with teachers and the principal.
77. Encourage and support older children in serving in student leadership positions.
78. Help your school create a student’s rights and responsibilities guide for families.
79. Attend PTA, school board, and/or town meetings and speak to issues of concern.
80. Learn representatives’ backgrounds and participate in school board elections.
81. Work with teachers and school administrators to develop a parent involvement policy.
82. Write, call, or travel to state capitals to support or oppose proposed legislation.
83. Participate in petition drives or letter-writing campaigns to Congress on legislation.
84. Give testimony at public hearings in support of or opposition to education legislation.
85. Vote in local, state, and federal elections for public officials who support education.
86. Help your school develop a directory of social and community services.
87. Find out information on community resources and organizations and use them.
88. Help develop and/or distribute a community newsletter to local agencies and businesses.
89. Help coordinate and participate in an event to raise money for a local charity.
90. Talk with employers about holding parent meetings or parenting workshops on-site.
91. Advocate for flexible work schedules and leave time to attend school functions.
92. Encourage employers and local businesses to make donations and support school programs.
93. Help organize and/or participate in community health fairs.
94. Help recruit community members (seniors, business people) to volunteer at school.
95. Become active in community groups such as YMCA and Boy and Girl Scouts.
96. Serve on local community advisory councils and committees.
97. Work with local authorities and public officials to sponsor community events.
98. Help organize and/or participate in a community “clean up” or “beautification” project.
99. Encourage and help facilitate your child’s participation in community service.
100. Be a role model, be active in community service yourself or together with your child.




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                                 Online Resources / Web Sites
                                    Bethel Middle School

Faculty Directories
      Email Links:           http://bryantschools.org (follow the Bethel Middle School link)

Bryant School District General Information: http://bryantschools.org

BEMS Parent Facilitator: email: http://jsheffield@bryantschools.org

Bryant School District Parent Center: http://tmatthewsbryantschools.org

Online Parenting Resources / Web Sites:
   Arkansas Department of Education                       http://arkedu.state.ar.us
   Bryant Public Schools Parent’s Link                    http://www.bryantschools.org
   Center for Effective Parenting                         http://www.parenting-ed.org
   Arkansas Family Literacy Family Center                 http://www.familylit.com
   Middle Web – Focuses on Adolescents                    http://www.middleweb.com
   Project Appleseed                                      http://www.projectappleseed.org
   Reading Matters                                        http://www.readingmatters.net
   Connect for Kids                                       http://www.connectforkids.com
   Fact and Fiction (resource to screen content           http://www.factandfiction.org
       of student selected novels)


                                Bethel Middle School Library Resources

The Bethel Middle School Media Center strives to provide a variety of print, non-print and electronic resources
to support the school’s curriculum. Materials are used by both faculty and students. In addition to housing
approximately 15,000 books, video & audio tapes, magazines, journals, and professional resources, the Media
Center up-dated computer labs. The Media Staff diligently works to provide a wide range of resources to meet
the educational needs and interests of our students. The staff also works in cooperation with other libraries
within the district and the Saline County Library system.

                                           Saline County Library
                                     Website: http://www.saline.lib.ar.us/

Main Library                                               Bryant Branch Library
1800 Smithers Drive                                        201 Prickett Road
Benton, AR 72015                                           Bryant, AR 72022
Phone: 501-778-4766                                        Phone: 501-847-2166
Fax: 501-778-0536                                          Fax: 501-847-4524


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                    Clubs / Organizations for Bethel Middle School
Bethel Middle School encourages all students to become a part of an extracurricular activity. We also recognize
the importance of parents / community leaders to be actively involved in our programs as well. The list below
represents some of the clubs, organizations, and extra-curricular activities offered at Bethel Middle School.

     Choir
     Band
     Student Council
     Bethel Believers
     Chess Club
     Fellowship of Christian Athletes
     Future Business Leaders of America
     Green Team
     Special Olympics
     Hooked on Fishing (Not on Drugs)
     Quiz Bowl
     Sudoki Puzzles
     Spirit/Pep Club
     Science Club
     Golf Club
     Harry Potter Reading Club
     VB,BB, TR,CC Club
     US Military History Club
     I-Pod/I-Pad Apps for 6th Grade Club
     Reading Club
     Checker Club
     Wildlife Club
     Football/Basketball Club
     “No Place For Hate”
     Sketch Club
     Trivial Pursuit
     Song and Dance
     Garden Club
     Multi-Cultural Club
     Games and Puzzles
     The Card Game Club
     Baseball Club
     Modern Shop Club
     Read-A-Loud Club
     7th grade Athletics
     7th & 8th Grade Cheer Team
     7th & 8th Grade Dance Team
     7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball
     7th & 8th Grade Boys Basketball
     7th & 8th Grade Football

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     7th & 8th Grade Cross Country
     7th & 8th Grade Track
     7th & 8th Grade Volleyball

As our school continues to grow we hope to add more clubs, organizations, and extra-curricular activities to our
menu of options in order to promote student involvement.




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                               ATTENTION ALL PARENTS
                        Please plan to attend the following events:


Parent Open House
Bethel Middle School will host an Open House for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Open House is designed to help
familiarize parents and family members with our campus/facilities and provide an opportunity to discuss
pertinent information regarding their child’s educational experience.

After a brief welcome and introduction to staff members and BEMS policies, teachers will present their course
content and other essential school/class information. The schedule will allow time for parents to meet
individual teachers and provide personal information concerning their child.




Parent-Teacher Conferences
Bethel Middle School will hold two Parent-Teacher conferences throughout the school year, one conference per
semester. Conference dates: October 25, 2012 from 4:00pm-7:00pm and Oct. 26th, 2012 from 9:00-12:00pm.
The second semester conferece will be on March 28, 2013 from 12:00pm-6:00pm.

In addition to school-wide scheduled conference dates, teachers and parents are encouraged to schedule
conferences when deemed necessary concerning student academic progress, or behavioral concerns. Bethel
Middle School teachers strive to communicate with parents on a regular basis in order to keep parents abreast of
student progress.




Career Action Plan (CAP) Meeting Days

In order to respond to the career advisement needs of the students, an advisor system was developed called the
“Career Action Plan” (CAP). The purpose of the CAP is to help students and their parents explore educational
and occupational possibilities and make appropriate career decisions based on a solid base of information.

Annual CAP conferences give students and parents the opportunity to sit down with a trained teacher/advisor
and review the career portfolio, determine a career major, select courses and set career goals. This year the
career-planning conferences will be held on March 28, 2013.



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              Bethel Middle School 2012-2013 School Calendar
FIRST QUARTER
Thursday, August 20 1st day of school for students
Tuesday, August 14 Open House for all grades
Monday, September 3 Labor Day Schools closed
Friday, September 21 Mid-term progress reports issued
Wedensday, October 17 End 1st Quarter – 41 days

SECOND QUARTER
Tuesday, October 23 Report cards issued
Thursday, October 25 Parent-Teacher conferences (4:00pm-7:00pm)—Full Day of school for students
Friday, October 26 Parent-Teacher conference 9:00am-12:00 noon (School closed)
Friday, November 9 AEA Conferences—schools closed
Tuesday, November 20 Mid-term progress reports issued
November 21-23 Thanksgiving Holiday – schools closed
Friday, December 21 End 2nd quarter (42 days) and 1st semester (84 days)
Dec. 22-January 6 Christmas Holiday – schools closed

THIRD QUARTER
Thursday, January 7 Classes resume
Friday, January 11 Report cards issued
Monday, January 21 Dr. Martin Luther King Day – professional development for staff – schools closed
Tuesday, February 12 Mid-term progress reports issued
Friday, February 15 Presidents’ Day—schools closed
Friday, March 15 End 3rd quarter –(47 days )

FOURTH QUARTER
March 18-22 Spring Break
Monday, March 25 Classes resume
Thurdayy, March 28 Parent-Teacher/CAP conferences (12:00-6:00 elementary/middle school, TBD-high school)—
schools closed
Friday, March 29 Good Friday – schools closed
Tuesday, April 30 Mid-term progress reports issued
Monday, May 27 Memorial Day – schools closed
Friday, June 7 Last day of school for students. End 4th quarter (47 days),
2nd semester (94 days), and year (178 days). See note #1 below.


***Additional activities and dates will be added throughout the year. Please monitor our website and communicate with
your child about information sent home regarding our calendar and activities.


Notes:
1. Under Act 1469 of 2009, school districts must adopt a calendar that includes 5 make-up days to allow for student interaction days
that are unavoidably lost due to exceptional or emergency circumstances. If these days are not needed, the calendar will be shortened
accordingly. If additional days are needed, the calendar will be lengthened. In either case, the school year will end when students have
attended school for the required number of days under state law.
2. Seven (7) professional development days for certified staff will be scheduled through plans submitted by building principals and
approved by the Central Office.




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                                           Parent Volunteer Survey
               Please complete and return this form to the counseling center as soon as possible.

Parent Volunteers are a vital part of the success Bethel Middle School students will experience during their
adolescent years. This survey is used to connect parents who want to help with the right activity for your area
of expertise or any area where you are willing to serve. Signing up for a category below does not commit you to
anything. A representative will contact you as far in advance as possible to ask if you are available to help with
an activity. Thank you, in advance, for your willingness to serve your school in a positive manner.

Name: __________________________________________________ Phone number: ___________________
Best days/times for you to volunteer: __________________________________________________________
E-mail address: ____________________________________________________________________________
Your child's (children's) name(s):
_________________________________________________________________________________________
His/her Grade: ______________________________________________________________________

I am interested in . . . (please check ALL that apply)

Helping out in my child's classroom:                        Media Center:
___ Being a Guest Reader                                          ___ Checking out books
___ Helping with special projects                                 ___ Shelving books
___ Chaperoning field trips                                       ___ Assisting students with research
___ Coordinating holiday parties
___ Serving as room parent (all of the above!)              Arts: Sharing your talents in the following areas:
                                                                   ___ Dance
Working with students:                                             ___ Music
___ Keyboarding for students with writing needs                    ___ Arts and crafts
___ Assisting students in the Media Center                         ___ Drama
___ Tutoring a child in reading or other subject                   ___ Other: _______________________________
    Subject: ______________________________
___ Sharing my area of expertise with students                       Special events:
    (Career or hobbies)                                              ___ Field
Topics: ______________________________                               ___ Science Fair
                                                                     ___ Spelling Bee
Communications:                                                      ___ Geography Bee
___ Making phone calls to volunteers                                 ___ School Dance
___ Helping with data entry on occasional                            ___ School Philanthropy Projects
    projects, such as the Student Directory                          ___ Teacher Appreciation Week
___ Verbal translation to Spanish (mod. fluency)                     ___ “Parents Make a Difference” Night
___ Expanding the school's web site
                                                                     Hospitality/Child care:
Partners in Education:                                               ___ Providing snacks for school events
___ Assisting with implementation of programs                        ___ Providing child care for other volunteers
    for BEMS
___ Working concessions at Intramural Games                          Other opportunities:
___ New Partners in Education initiatives:______                     ___ Teaching students/parents to use computers
________________________________________                             ___ Gardening on the school grounds
                                                                     ___ Other ideas:___________________________


If you have any questions concerning this survey, please contact Ms. Jamie Sheffield, BEMS Parent Coordinator, at 316-0937.
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